From my heart, I thank the Popolo of Damanhur for my new plant name Cocco (Coconut)! I have loved coconuts all my life and having it come to life within me as my name is a great honor that touches me deeply.
Here are some of the main reasons I love coconut so much:
The reason that is closest to my heart are my grandparents. I have known only two of my grandparents, my maternal ones, who lived in Taiwan when they were still alive, close to lots of my aunts, uncles and cousins. Every once in a while when I was a kid, my parents and I would go to visit them (from Houston, Texas to Kaohsiung, Taiwan) and I have beautiful memories of all the tropical delights that they offered me: fresh coconut ready to drink and eat, opened with a machete cutting through the husk of the green coconut, heavy like a bowling ball… (and other tropical fruits, mango, banana, papaya, that have already been taken on as plant names). So, Cocco connects me to one of my origins and emotions that still warm my heart. Just as Quaglia (Quail), which is the official bird of California, helps me to feel connected with California, faraway and beloved land and another one of my key origins.
I have other nice memories of coconut: so many experiments in the kitchen with coconut in every imaginable form, making raw vegan desserts and specialties. Long journeys on the Hawaiian islands where I drank coconut while exchanging natural healing methods and teachings with the native Hawaiians. On Big Island, where I fire danced for the first time at Rebirth – the Hawaii Burning Man regional. Kauai in particular was the place that called me with synchronic insistence to free myself from a satisfying life in San Francisco and dive into a nomadic journey of international exploration for two years, during which I found out about Damanhur and came here to visit for the first time.
Then, there are the more scientific and health related reasons. The richness of minerals, alkalinity and protein in coconut milk makes it a viable substitute for mother’s milk when the mother is unable to produce milk herself. This is practiced most of all in tropical areas, where coconut milk is fresh and available. You can also substitute coconut water for blood plasma when needed. It’s vital nourishment! Drinking coconut water before or during a long airplane flight can reduce the effects of jet lag. I’ve tried it and it works! In addition to optimum hydration, coconut water increases lymphatic system circulation, so it helps with relaxation and sleeping well on the plane or even at home. So, I hope this name and how I live it will do its part for the nourishment, wellness, relaxation and most of all fun for the Popolo! Thank you!
Ringrazio di cuore il Popolo di Damanhur per il nome vegetale Cocco! E’ da una vita che amo questa piante e viverla è una grande onore che mi emoziona. Continue reading